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May 9, 2016

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1928 Packard 443 Coupe #greystoneconcours @BHrecandparks

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Packard, the name that is synonymous to class and nostalgia and grandeur.  On our book, it's always the top prized car in the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance car shows.  The elegant roaring 20's exuberance, with artisan detailing and trimming, together with good old American craftsmanship, definitely is a show stopper and vintage car enthusiasts' choice.

Here at the 2016 Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance, the creamy beige 1928 Packard 443 Coupe gave us a glance of the great time and luxury back in the days...

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1952 Allard J2X #greystoneconcours @BHrecandparks

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Most people may not be familiar with the car brand Allard.  However if you see the car in person, then several images may come up to mind in various context of racing competitions.  The unqiue design of this classic 1952 Allard J2X from the London based car manufacturor, has that futuristic look that inspired us to dream abou the contemporary formula cars in the Grand Prix reacing.  The red hot exteiror is an immediate attraction to the general public while the inside would make car lovers fall in love again.

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1968 Porsche 912 #greystoneconcours

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When anyone mentioned Porsche, the certain look and style would come immediate to mind.  However, if you talk about 60's classic black convertible Porsche 912, then the heartbeat may raise or skip a beat, because it's one of the most classic design and forward design in the Porsche genealogy tree.  Not only this Porsche at this Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance show is in an impeccable condition, it also shows the beauty and innovative designs through out the car lines and curves, and inside and out.

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1955 Pontiac Star Chief #greystoneconcours @BHrecandparks

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The dreamy and chic 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible at the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance, has a great vibe of golden era of the 50's.  The carefree family road trips, and beach front teenage fun with cars, all can be visualized or reminiscence with this beautiful car.  The owner has even included the travel pamphlets to build a total recall of the good old days and fun times of the 50's road trips.

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1949 Buick Super Black Convertible #greystone concours

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When you watch a 50's rebel movie no matter it was shot decades ago or from the modern days, you probably would see some cars like this 1949 Buick Super car.  The iconic design of the front grill and the masculine curves that spills power and authority.  We brought you the first person look at the details of this old but never out classic Buick Super.

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1939 Brough Superior SS80 #greystoneconcours

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The majestic 1939 Brough Superior SS80 in its vintage black at the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance, can trace back to the pre-WWII era's golden motorcycle period.  From the construction for longevity to the meticulous design of dials and marks, this Brough has showcased the glorious golden design of the 30's.

Greystone Maions Concours d'Elegance 2016, Car Dealer Ferrari California T in The House #greystoneconcours

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The high end car dealer, Ferrari, was at the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance with their sleek and sexy California T model.

The Ferrari California T showcased in the event has the traditional V8 engine, which can generate 553 horsepower, and sprint with mere 3.6 seconds to achieve 62 mph speed mark.  This gives the run for the fame with the latest electrical performance cars.  The price is only a slight north of $200K for such a powerful beauty.

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, McLaren Dearleship #greystoneconcours

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McLaren Beverly Hills has been a great sponsor to the grand Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance event.  This year, they brought their icon cars to the show to showcase the latest and the powerful of the British super car manufacturer.

May 6, 2016

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1966 Ford Mustang GT

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We always have a soft spot for the beautiful yet masculine style of classic Mustangs, circa late 1960's.  We got a great treat at the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance this year.  There is a 1966 Mustang GT convertible, which is every bit of a Mustang that we could dream of.

This very cool red Mustang GT has a meticulously restored V8 engine compartment with everything shiny and fit.  The impeccable exterior shows no sign of aging in this classic car since 1966.  The immaculate designs of the interior have that nostalgia built in each seat and every dials to the steering wheel.  All these made us wanting to come back next time to have even greater appreciation of the great cars and the great show!

May 4, 2016

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1941 Cadillac 60 Special #greystoneconcours @BHrecandparks

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At the Pre-WWII exhibit venue, the iconic Cadillac Sixty Special is the special version of the popular Cadillac Sixty series.

The Cadillac shows its classic beauty lines and details throughout the car.  From the chrome trims around the windows to the leaf shape door lock protector, it shows many precursors of Golden Era designs.

A the show, we could tell that many people had fond memories of that time period of transportation, when they were the children full of excitements and fun with the cars.

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016, 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster #greystoneconcours @BHrecandparks

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The majestic black vintage Cadillac V-16 Roadster at the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance would immediately conjure a nostalgic sense by just being there for all attendees to admire.

This 1930 vintage Cadillac is owned by Frederick (or Fred) Lax and has restored the car into impeccable state.  With all the details and accessories in the shiny and chrome condition,
Cadillac Sixteeen as sometimes called, is at the end of the roaring 20's and introduced to the market on 1930, as the first production year.  This was the top of the line custom made car for Cadillac for an entire decade until WWII sunset the sales cycle.

May 2, 2016

Highlights of The Prestigious Vintage and Classic Cars Car Show Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016 #greystoneconcours

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(updated with the winners from the show)

This is the seventh annual and our fourth year coverage of the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance event.  As it has always been the case, we are deeply impressed by the showing of the rare and refined cars at the show, as well as the fine organization of the event.

The event has multiple facets that are catered to all car enthusiasts.  On the surface, you would see the vast car show venue with many once-in-one's-lifetime-experience vintage and classic cars that are fully restored or maintained in their pristine conditions.

This is one of the rare opportunity that you could inspect each well restored cars in their glorious details, as well as talking to the owner in person.  Not only you would learn the mechanics of the original designs of the cars, you would also be able to learn the stories behind the love of the car or the legends behind the wheels or under the hood.

Often at the show, we heard personal stories or related anecdotes from the first account.  One gentleman mentioned that his dad used to drive home the classic Cadillac that was displayed at the show.  Or stories that one spent so much time and money for the love of the car and the drive, as well as preventing him going astray to other investments that may not work out as well as this project.

Like its tradition, Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance has divided up the car categories into the followings, especially including pre-war US, Porsche 911/356, Morgan, pre-war European, Jaguar, Preservation, Cadillac / LaSalle, Corvette, Ferrari, Packard, Mercedes-Benz, Post-war British sports, Shelby/Ford Muscle, Alfa-Romeo, and motorcycles, and more.

In each category you would enjoy seeing various versions of the model.  It's almost like a history lesson on a particular brand / make that you could take closer look.  This is much more than the museum experience, where this is coming to life, right in front of you.

In the following days, we will bring you more detailed photos of some selected cars from the event.  Their impeccable conditions, together with their convictions of designs and styles, serve as a reminder that today's car designs are often engineering-dominated and data crunched results.  Maybe we need some "couture cars" from each manufacturer just like "couture dresses" from fashion design houses.  They give design inspirations, sense of style, and most importantly, human touch.

More article related to the vintage design can be found in our special articles:
A B&W Tribute to Car Styles and Characters: 
(http://cars.wheelsandheelsmag.com/2014/05/greystoneconcours-2014-greystone.html)

Relaxing in SoCal 2016 Hit It Big in Carson #relaxinginsocal

www.wheelsandheelsmag.com / W&HM Staff / Carson, CA
At the 2016 Relaxing in SoCal event's new location, Stubhub stadium inside Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.we were seeing a lot of cars, like a lot more than before!
 Even in the past, the cars showed up at the Relaxing in SoCal event were pretty impressive already.  The Alpine Electronics parking lot certainly had its big capacity, but it's filled up in last year for sure.

This  year, the new Stubhub stadium parking space is enough for any car shows we can say.  It's spacious, it's open, and it's nicely congregated by all types of cars and car lovers.

On top of a great time spent in check out some cool cars, we found our cover model Sarah Marie in the car show!  Sarah has been MIA in the modeling world for a good year or two.  Now she is coming back and we are so happy to see her in action!  We totally look forward to seeing her more in the future!!